111th Congress: Worst ever?
posted at 7:50 am on December 21, 2010 by Pundette
Historians may argue, but there’s much to support a case for the affirmative. Frank Donatelli reviews the power-mad exploits of this outgoing band of despots. Among them:
$800 billion “stimulus”
Why take any time to study the contents when you know exactly what to do? The problem was that most of the money went to states to preserve the jobs of government workers. Some stimulus. The president said it would keep unemployment at 8 percent. It is now near 10 percent.
Cap and trade: Passed by the shameless House only, this monster would have extended the long, sticky, grasping fingers of government into every aspect of American life and business, with very destructive results. Mr. Donatelli:
The goal of the 111th Congress all along was to quietly increase taxes to pay for this spending spree. That was the hidden goal of climate-change legislation. The original bill envisioned massive new taxes in the tens of billions on carbon emissions from industrial concerns. When that failed, more than one member of the 111th Congress was prepared to support a value-added tax (VAT), which was to have been sold as the only alternative to federal bankruptcy.
We noted at the time:
Even if you set aside the following —
- C&T proposes to fix a problem that doesn’t exist
- C&T would have no effect on fixing that problem
- C&T would actually hurt the environment
- C&T would deal a body blow to every major aspect of the economy, killing businesses and jobs and increasing prices on everything
— the provisions in this bill would impose an extreme, unprecedented level of micromanagement and control over our everyday lives.
This disastrous bill served to tip Americans off to the really nefarious intentions of this Congress.
Cash for Clunkers, one of the most transparently stupid, sinfully wasteful government programs ever:
Which disrupted the used-car market, mandated destruction of perfectly usable older vehicles and subsidized purchases of autos, most of which would have been purchased in any case.
Health care reform, the 111th’s greatest accomplishment, so wonderful that members tried very hard not to mention it during the 2010 campaign. Rammed through, by whatever means necessary, against the clear will of the people, and always more about massively expanding government power than about “fixing” “health care.” Most likely unconstitutional, not that the 111th cared.
What they cared about was aggregation of power.
Financial regulations bill, brought to you by Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank, which tells you all you really need to know. Ed Morrissey:
Expect more fees on more transactions, including paying premium prices for doing business face to face with bank tellers and other employees. Banks will start demanding higher minimum balances and start charging higher fees on accounts that don’t make the cut. Bank of America will lose between $7 and $10 billion just on charges for debit and credit cards alone, money that will get made up by its customers somewhere.
Consumers may not pay the entire price, however, at least not directly. If you like your local branch, better get used to the idea that it may disappear. With billions of dollars in new costs landing with a thud on their balance sheets, we can expect to see branches close up entirely — and the jobs that exist disappear along with them.
Lame duck session
If anyone had any doubt of the 111th’s utter contempt for the people they were supposed to represent, their final, power-drunken lurch during the lame duck session made it nakedly apparent. Congress’s attempt to force another massive, unread, pork-laden bill down America’s throat, in the face of November 2nd’s resounding repudiation of just that, was a new low for this Congress. Ever shameless, Senate Democrats proudly list their “accomplishments” here. They richly deserve some form of special recognition for their service.
So get ready to wave bye-bye (or substitute hand gesture of your choice) to the Infamous 111th. We pray to God we won’t see its like again soon.
Cross-posted at P&P.